The United States notes that today the republic “does not adhere to the principles of transparency regarding the world’s fastest-growing nuclear arsenal.”
The administration of the current US President Donald Trump insists that negotiations on nuclear disarmament should be conducted only with China’s participation. This position was stated in an article published on Monday on the Newsweek magazine website, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and the special representative of the US President for arms Control Marshall Billingslea.
They pointed out that “to date, China does not adhere to the principles of transparency regarding the world’s fastest-growing nuclear arsenal.” “Beijing refuses to disclose how many nuclear weapons it has, how many more it plans to develop, and how it plans to dispose of them,” Pompeo and Billingslea said in the article.
Simultaneously, according to representatives of the current US administration, the White House is aware that China is engaged in “rapid build-up and modernization” of its nuclear potential “on land, in the sky and at sea.” The article sets out an estimate that China “will at least double its nuclear arsenal in the next 10 years.”
“We call on Beijing to ensure transparency and join the United States and Russia in developing a new arms control agreement that would cover all types of nuclear weapons,” the article emphasizes. “The current Russian-American Treaty on Measures for Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (Start-3) restricts the development of certain types of weapons by our two countries but leaves China the opportunity to continue building up without hindrance,” Pompeo and Billingslea note. “Any treaty that replaces the New Treaty should be expanded to include China.”